El Torero Organic IPA - Alameda Brewhouse
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):
A head that is not afraid to stick around; stunning brassy clarity. Bitter orange peel comes to mind when the hops hit the nose; slight twang of yeast in the back. Smoothness has depth within the creamy medium body. A whole lot of hop flavor here and the bitterness is without a doubt aggressive, though the flavor almost reaches the point of being soapy. Maltiness rings hard enough on the palate to not make this happen, and toasted bread and caramel stay long enough for a hit of alcohol and exotic fruit to round out the bittersweet finish. The hops are running down a completely different path here, and it works very well.
02-04-2011 02:10:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
22oz bottle, sexy dark matador imagery on the label.
This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some drooping floating island lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.
It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, heady orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus, a bit of spicy black pepper, and more leafy, herbal, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is gritty pale and biscuity caramel malt, a strong mineral astringency, muddled citrus and wet pine hop notes, and a sort of herbal booziness rising up as things slowly warm.
The carbonation is pretty tight to the chest, not even allowing for any kind of frothy frivolity, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too edgy to be considered even plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity crystal malt still having a disproportionate level of say, amongst a creepily metallic lingering citrus and pine essence.
A pretty underwhelming IPA, to say the least - I don't know if it's the organic thing or what, as I've had a few bangin' examples of the ilk - but I'm getting much more of a somewhat watered-down ESB experience here. At any rate, for a PDX brewery, this is on the low side of the style, in terms of fullness of flavour, and overall rounded character, not to mention the wan appearance - c'mon, even hipsters can dress it up once in a while.
05-06-2014 05:39:56 | More by biboergosum
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
Light copper color with the ever so slight haze. Just over one finger of head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Copious amounts of sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.
Quite a bit of malt influence in this IPA. Biscuit like malt dominates with grassy, earthy hops lingering in the background.
A lot of malt flavor as well. Biscuits or toasted bread lays the foundation earthy and grassy hops. A lot of bitterness compared to the amount of hop flavor.
Carbonation is low but it fits nicely with the flavor profile. Nice soft, smooth texture.
An enjoyable IPA with a different hop profile from most IPAs that come from the PNW.
03-31-2012 18:53:13 | More by morimech
4.35/5 rDev +16.9%
Just back from their Brewhouse.. which I had never been there before.. why did it take me so long I wonder? They also do growler fills.
- A nice rich orange/amber cloudy almost "hefe" like appearance.. about a 3/4" thick head that was an eggshell color... lacing all over the glass (shorted pint... eeeek..)
- Smell the malts and wheat as well as some citrus and floral hop notes.. the roasted caramel scent really stands out though.
- Wonderfully balanced IPA for sure... one of the better IPA's out there in my opinion... some wheat malt, roasted caramel.. very complex... and a nice hop backbone as well... floral, and a light citrus flare with a mildly bitter finish. What's so great about it? It's unique and very well balanced.
- Not very dry at all, and only slightly chewy.. but leaves a great malt aftertaste.. which is demanding more pulls from the glass.
- Creamy and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation.. and has no strength of alcohol at all... but does pack what it states. An overall very good IPA and was better than I expected.
04-13-2009 21:09:20 | More by Docer
3.81/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Yikes this is old..
A real nice creamy light tan head is made three fingers, which settles with a big whipped up top, hanging on like sheets of cream. Body is an opaque somewhat brown amber with hints of orange. Quite a nice looking beer.
Lots of biscuity malts on this, and faint tea like hops. I get the impression this has totally faded. Other that that some milky like sweetness but not much else to say.
Luckily the palate still delivers nicely but without a big blast. Controlling good mix of sweetness and toasty malts. Doughy biscuity sweetness, and a nice small mix of earthy pine on the finish, and light herbal tea. Good doughy mix with a hint of oily finish. Bit of honey sweetness on the lips too.
Surprisingly good mix to drink, but with a fairly closed nose. Would like to try one that is fresher though.
03-10-2013 23:15:25 | More by smakawhat
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +21%
Served from a bottle, this pours an amazing creamy golden copper colour. On the nose there are big fruit aromas of pineapple and apricot with a hint of pine. The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich in texture but there is a bold hop finish that balances
the beer beautifully. A favourite Portland India Pale Ale.
06-19-2012 16:19:41 | More by CookstLiquor
3.66/5 rDev -1.6%
A- Poured from a bottle to glass. Little to no head. Thick copper color.
S- A lotta good stuf going on here, leather, soil, slight citrus hops.
t- Tangy for a IPA, more malt than typical IPA, a little sweet for my palate but finishes dry bitter.
m- Thin and slimy
Overall a very decent beer, not what I look for in my IPA, too sweet and malty, you could change the label on this thing and I wouldn't be as critical.
04-03-2014 01:41:25 | More by nqdell
4.55/5 rDev +22.3%
Aroma: Malty, spicy and earthy. Smells big.
Appearance: Thick amber-orange with a small, foamy head that never leaves the beer uncovered. Lacing follows the beer down the glass.
Flavor: Big and balanced. Full toasty malt sweetness meets some smooth, deep-earth hops. A berry sweetness and strong, lasting bitterness finish it out. Clear and crisp throughout.
Mouthfeel: Satisfying and hearty hop edges give this beer a full mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.
Overall: Excellent for those who like their IPA's big and crisp. At 7.1 % ABV, it's definitely not a session beer, but it is the perfect beer to slap you out of the overcast doldrums. Highly recommended.
02-05-2009 23:00:28 | More by theblueale
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
22 oz bomber..no mention or 'orgainic" on the label. In appearance this is already an odd IPA, darker amber with a small bubbly,frothy tan head. Strong citrus like hop aromas, but also stong breadyness from the malts. very balanced flavours the citric hopping and very strong semi-sweet malts shining though.. Good enough o the palate..nice lingering finish. Overall a strange one. Almost an American Strong Ale rather than an IPA in my opinion.
03-06-2010 03:16:08 | More by Reidrover
3/5 rDev -19.4%
On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.
A half finger of cream-colored head tops a hazy orange body. This quickly reduces to a skim of foam, but does it's best to leave a bit of lacing here and there. Pleasant citrusy aromas are present, but also a slightly distracting background aroma vaguelly akin to canned fruit cocktail. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Tastes OK, but again nothing to really distinguish itself. Sweet caramel and some juicy fruit salad up front, but the bitterness doesn't really appear until things dry out toward the swallow. A pine character that was previously hidden supplies a lingering sting.
Nothing at all wrong with this brew, but forgettable in a town with so many great IPAs. (Do consider stopping by for a pint of their excellent Black Bear XX Stout, though)
04-30-2010 19:00:59 | More by PDXHops
British Columbia (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
A: Hazy copper-bronze with an off-white head, not much retention but it leaves a hint of lace.
S: Apricot, nectarine, tangerine & a bit of weed with some sweet toffee.
T: Tangerine, grapefruit rind, mango, good bitterness, but a little too much crystal malt. Showing some signs of oxidation.
M: Moderate body has a modest carbonation with some hop acidity.
O: It's just not bursting with fresh hop flavour and I find the combination with the malts a bit odd.
06-30-2012 23:32:54 | More by Derek
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
This was my second beer at the Saranac in Spokane. El Torero was served in a standard shaker.
The beer is a chill hazed bronze with a skim of off-white sticky lacing.
The aroma is if fresh citrus but it is a bit subdued. There is also some biscuit notes.
Taste leads with mild citrus, ritz crackers, a bit of something mineral-metallic. No off or odd or old tastes, just a very mellow IPA.
This is an example of me expecting a more in-your-face west coast style but instead was presented with a milder version. Nothing wrong here at all.
The mouth is medium and a bit oily.
06-21-2013 15:19:02 | More by Redrover
4.47/5 rDev +20.2%
A - Amber orange. Lacing follows the beer all the way down.
S - Earth, spice, malts, very big aroma.
T - Big taste as well. A nice bitterness comes with the hops. A foll flavored toasty malt helps balance.
M - Very full body, Crisp, refreshing.
D - Big beer that is very drinkable.
11-02-2009 20:50:20 | More by DNICE555
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Alameda appears to no longer market El Torero as an organic IPA. Bottle reads 7.2% ABV rather than the above-noted 7.1%.
Appearance: light holden hue with a heavy haze and an active effervescence. Head is a good finger of pillowy ivory foam.
Smell: biscuity malt with some grain aroma paired with grassy, earthy hops. A bit dry, but not too bad.
Taste: flavor matches the aroma almost identically. Biscuity, dry malt aroma with earthy hops, perhaps with a touch of citrus. Not bad, but not my preferred flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I quite like it.
Overall: this IPA employs some flavor choices which aren't my favorite, but I feel that it is well-crafted and eminently drinkable. Good stuff.
03-29-2012 22:23:14 | More by flagmantho
El Torero Organic IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
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